Tony Perkins Says Don’t Punish Religious Belief, the Government Should Treat Everyone Equally

(Photo: Paul Sancya, AP)
(Photo: Paul Sancya, AP)

Nearly a half-million children are in the foster care system, and roughly a quarter of them are available for adoption. Over 1,000 non-profit agencies, many of them faith-based, work to find safe and loving homes for these children. States such as Mississippi are being pressured to end their relationships with these faith-based organizations because the government doesn’t like the organizations’ beliefs about natural marriage.

This is just one example of how states are being used to discriminate against people with deeply held religious beliefs. This penalizes more than the religious organization; it hurts society as a whole.

Most of us would say that’s not fair. The government should treat everyone equally, religious or not, even in the wake of the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage. The government should not punish groups or individuals who continue to believe marriage is between a man and a woman.

Contrary to opponents’ claim that the new Mississippi law is discriminatory, it actually prevents the government from punishing entities or individuals because they believe marriage is between a man and a woman. It leaves others who support same-sex marriages unaffected, so any benefits provided due to the new legal marriage ruling will continue. The law merely ensures that all are free to believe and live according to their beliefs without government punishment.

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